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Wanted man dies while hiding from police in Virginia drainage pipe

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 16:41:53-05

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia sheriff’s office says a wanted man who hid in a drainage pipe during a standoff has died from suspected hypothermia.

A Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office statement released Tuesday says authorities were trying to arrest 38-year-old Alberto Jose Cornejo-Alvarez on felony drug charges when he escaped through a creek and concealed himself inside a pipe.

Authorities said they believed he was armed.

The Staunton News Leader reports that after a two-hour standoff, deputies stopped seeing movement inside the pipe and entered it to rescue him from the cold water. The agency says Cornejo-Alvarez’s death at a hospital Monday night was likely hypothermia-related.

The medical examiner is investigating.